Lions make wise decision to cut Aaron Berry
In a move to prove they are serious about personal conduct, the Lions today released cornerback Aaron Berry.
It was a good decision. Enough is enough.
Berry had been arrested for the second time in a month early on Saturday morning for assault which involved a firearm. On June 23 he was arrested for drunk driving. Both arrests were in Harrisburg, Pa.
“We have repeatedly stressed to everyone in our organization that there will be appropriate consequences when an expected standard of behavior is not upheld,” Lions President Tom Lewand said.
Many Lions’ fans had been calling for the Lions to cut Berry and make a statement. Berry’s two arrests brought the total of arrests for Lions players to seven this offseason.
Nick Fairley had two (drunk driving, marijuana possession), Mikel Leshoure had two marijuana possession charges and Johnny Culbreath was also arrested for marijuana possession.
This is not a team of thugs. Just a few players have given the Lions’ a black eye.
Berry did not exactly endear himself to loyal fans when he tweeted this after the playoff loss at New Orleans:
"Y'all can go back to being Broke & Miserable…now back to regular scheduled programming…’’
He had been signed as an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh in 2010. He earned a starting cornerback position as a rookie, but was injured in his first game and missed the rest of the season. He played in 11 games last season, starting in three of them until he injured his shoulder again.
Berry had gained some weight this offseason hoping to establish more durability.
He was projected as a starter. This move is a blow to the secondary on the eve of training camp. Now Jacob Lacey, Alphonso Smith and rookie Bill Bentley will be vying for the starting role.
So with two stupid moves in less than a month, Berry threw away a chance to be an NFL starter and possibly a career.
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